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Seasonal Tasting Menu Dinner at Manresa, Los Gatos, CA for My Dad’s Birthday

[Translate] Outside of Manresa I have heard about Manresa and its Chef-Proprietor David Kinch for the past several years from the food media and it’s been placed on my list of restaurants I must eat since then. (Within the past 6 months, Manresa was earned a 2* Michelin rating and a spot within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.) With the timing of my then graduation from my Master’s program and my dad’s birthday, it’s just one of those very good reasons not to pass up this opportunity to celebrate and dine at Manresa. (I wrote back on my post this..

Love Apple Farms, Santa Cruz, CA – Lovely Farm on the Mountains

[Translate] Love Apple Farms’ sign, the nursery, seen from the farm’s offices, the garden, Love Apple Farms’ Co-owner, Cynthia Sandberg (in blue shirt) and Garden Manager, Sarah When my family and I planned to dine at the 2* Michelin Manresa (my post on that meal soon) earlier this June, I insisted that we must book a tour of the farm that grows the beautiful produce for this restaurant and that is Love Apple Farms, about a 15-20 minute drive from Manresa or about 1 hour and 15-40 minutes from the center of San Francisco. (more…)

Ritual Roasters – Amazing Coffee in San Francisco, CA

[Translate] Brandon of Ritual Roasters met my family and I when we’re in San Francisco on one bright and early June morning. All in the name of great coffee. I know a number of you might be screaming at your screens, essentially at me, “Why didn’t you visit [insert well known San Francisco coffee cafe and roaster]?” One main reason: We have it in New York City. Three locations. My purpose to visit, dine and/or drink at certain places when I travel is because I can’t find them at home and it has to be good. At the Proxy location..

Awesome Ice Cream from Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco

[Translate] Exterior & interior shots of Humphry Slocombe and one of the proprietors Jake Godby I finally made it to the ice cream Holy Grail…Humphry Slocombe. Probably not everyone would understand the eccentricity behind the work of co-owners Jake Godby and Sean Vahey from the humoruous tongue-in-cheek names to the unusual flavor combinations for ice cream and sorbet. You can almost say they are the West Coast brothers of Big Gay Ice Cream except the latter does soft-serve ice cream. When you enter this ice cream parlor, it looks like a classic, retro ice cream shop – black-and-white tile floor,..

Fantastic Late Breakfast at Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

[Translate] Exterior of Tartine; Waiting on line inside and fresh pile of Morning buns Tartine Bakery is one of the most well known bakeries in San Francisco. This bakery focuses on using local, organic (if possible) ingredients, and made with love and care for great pastries. The co-owners of Tartine, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson won the James Beard Award back in 2008 for Best National Pastry Chef. They also printed two excellent books (my personal favorite is Tartine Bread). Pastries seen… When I visited this bakery during my visit to San Francisco on a Tuesday morning, the place was..

Dinner at Piperade, San Francisco

[Translate] Piperade: Exterior, interior, menu Piperade is a rustic, comfortable, California-Basque restaurant that I would go out to eat on a weekly basis, if I were to live in San Francisco. It’s satisfying food that isn’t too fussy or complex and has a good value compared to other San Francisco restaurants. Appetizers: Serrano ham with a glass of Viña Cartín, Albariño, Dungeness crab salad, cold foie gras We had a glass of crisp, quaffable Viña Cartín Albariño 2010 ($10 per glass) to go with our appetizers. The paper-thin sliced serrano ham ($17) drizzled in Arrels olive oil was tasty. It’s..

Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

[Translate] At the door to Atelier Crenn, interiors and the menu Atelier Crenn is a one-starred Michelin restaurant. This was one of my highly anticipated meals of my trip to San Francisco that I even made it as my first meal when I got off the plane from NYC. I have read many reviews from various newspapers and magazine (and was highly recommended by a palate I trust ChuckEats) that rhapsodize Chef Dominique Crenn’s food is creative, enchanting, beautiful food that tastes delicious. Chef Crenn earned her status over the years, especially her previous tenure at Luce at the InterContinental,..

Lunch at Waterbar, San Francisco

[Translate] Exterior, interiors, open kitchen, view of bar, close up of the oyster bar, and the menu A relative hidden gem to have a calm, delicious, seafood lunch near Ferry Building Marketplace is Waterbar Restaurant. It’s about a half mile walk from tourist central. The Waterbar is a sprawling, two-level restaurant with exposed brick walls, lots of natural light flooding in from the windows, and two floor-to-ceiling fish tank columns. At the bar, features the day’s catch of various oysters. There’s even an outdoor patio to soak in some sun and a spectacular view of the Oakland Bay Bridge. (more…)

Preview of Craftsman & Wolves, San Francisco

[Translate] At Craftsman & Wolves’ kitchen with Owner William Werner at Bayview District When I was planning my visit to San Francisco, I scour the Web and read food magazines for any new places I should visit. Interestingly enough, since my parents and I subscribe to Bon Apetit my mom casually mentioned about there’s a section about San Francisco and there was a small box on a corner of a page that mentioned Craftsman & Wolves insane “the Devil Inside” foie gras, caramel, chocolate muffin (here’s BA’s blog version of the said piece and that said muffin is from the..